Here Q4 2019.
Czech carmaker Skoda has finally, after what feels like an absolute eternity of teasers & spyshots, pulled the wraps off their all-new Scala. The Scala effectively replaces the Rapid in markets worldwide and, despite being one of the smallest & most affordable vehicles in the range, exemplifies Skoda’s design language & product agenda going forwards.
The face for example is now more emotive and angular than before, and there are lots of little details to drink in, like the full-LED headlights and the ‘strakes’ beneath the main light units. It’s markedly longer than the other MQB-A0 models it shares a platform with, which is evident down the side. But at the rear, we can see that Skoda’s opted to shelve their ‘Arrow’ logo in favour of a more upmarket-looking script across the tailgate, on what appears to be a part of the rear windscreen that’s extended down to about the mid-way point on the hatch (this is an option).
Skodas have always been highly-practical propositions, and the Scala doesn’t deviate from this recipe. The interior is spacious and well-appointed, and boasts a 467L boot, the best in the class. Fold the seats down and you get a cavernous 1410L. Space is generous for people too, with Skoda pointing out that the Scala has the longest interior in its segment, which is not usually a talking point for small hatchbacks.
It’s not just a big box, either. The boot for example comes with (inhale), separated storage compartments, no less than 4 tie-down points, three nets, a built-in (and removable) light, a reversible boot liner (with carpet on one side and a durable rubberised plastic on the other), bag-hooks, and a 12-volt socket.
Motivation comes from one of three petrol mills. There’s a 1.0-litre three-banger with 70kW/175Nm mated to a 5-speed manual (how 1990s is that), a 85kW/200Nm version of the same mill with a 6-speed manual, and a 1.5-litre 4-pot with 110kW/250Nm. All mills are turbocharged, and they get a 6-speed manual as standard, though a 7-speed dual-clutch auto is available optionally.
As with any Skoda, standard equipment is very generous on the Scala. LED headlights and taillights are standard, as are alloy wheels between 15- and 18-inches in diameter. The cabin utilises a surprising amount of soft-touch materials too, which lends this small, affordable family hatch a degree of sophistication that you simply wouldn’t expect.
You can further increase that sense of posh by optioning on things like full-LED headlights and taillights, scrolling indicators on the back, a panoramic sunroof (with the ‘extended’ rear windscreen that we mentioned earlier), a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster, ambient lighting, and even a pseudo-suede upholstery option. You can also option from one of three infotainment displays, ranging from 6.5-inches to 9.2-inches across. The best of those MMI systems offer things like an 8-speaker audio system, 3D sat-nav, wireless smartphone charging, and even 64GB of internal storage. There are also apps that you can download to the system, or you could of course just mirror your smartphone on it.
Safety features are strong here, with advanced features like blind-spot monitoring, smart cruise control with autonomous emergency braking, lane-keep assist, autonomous parking, a reversing camera, and automatic high-beams. For those more keen on fun, a Sports Chassis Control package was launched along with the Scala which reduces the ride-height by 15mm, firms-up the shock absorbers, and offers Normal & Sport driving modes to let you enjoy your Scala to the max.
Skoda Australia has clarified that the Scala should be here by the end of 2019, with order books open in the last quarter.